exhale

long and deep

do it again

don't do it perfect

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notice that you need to inhale to exhale

notice how your lungs hurt

notice 

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bite down on him

instead of your aching teeth

tell him the truth through a smile

how many rapes does it take

to make it stop

to find peace and freedom and safety in our bodies

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i see a world beyond this

in which women are loved and free

in which we heal ourselves

and each other

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i can see it

i feel it

it's here